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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.


National estimates for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Industry profile for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Geographic profile for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

National estimates for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
44,240 3.3 % $ 23.69 $ 49,280 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.48 $ 17.82 $ 22.26 $ 28.56 $ 36.73
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,110 $ 37,070 $ 46,300 $ 59,400 $ 76,390


Industry profile for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 28,600 17.87 $ 23.57 $ 49,030
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,730 4.83 $ 23.37 $ 48,610
Waste Collection 1,800 0.93 $ 22.43 $ 46,650
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,110 0.02 $ 30.14 $ 62,690
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 940 0.13 $ 26.72 $ 55,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 28,600 17.87 $ 23.57 $ 49,030
Waste Treatment and Disposal 4,730 4.83 $ 23.37 $ 48,610
Waste Collection 1,800 0.93 $ 22.43 $ 46,650
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 70 0.13 $ 20.01 $ 41,610
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 940 0.13 $ 26.72 $ 55,570

Top paying industries for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 80 0.02 $ 40.63 $ 84,500
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 60 0.01 $ 36.34 $ 75,590
Building Finishing Contractors 290 0.04 $ 34.18 $ 71,090
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 550 0.03 $ 32.48 $ 67,570
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 170 0.01 $ 32.32 $ 67,220


Geographic profile for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of hazardous materials removal workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,910 0.42 1.33 $ 26.80 $ 55,750
New York 3,580 0.41 1.31 $ 30.49 $ 63,410
Florida 3,050 0.35 1.13 $ 19.12 $ 39,770
Texas 2,920 0.24 0.76 $ 21.40 $ 44,510
Ohio 2,290 0.44 1.40 $ 26.59 $ 55,310


Map of location quotient of hazardous materials removal workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 300 1.03 3.28 $ 33.00 $ 68,630
Hawaii 390 0.71 2.26 $ 20.49 $ 42,630
Colorado 1,710 0.65 2.07 $ 22.88 $ 47,590
New Mexico 440 0.56 1.79 $ 26.17 $ 54,440
Washington 1,800 0.56 1.78 $ 29.23 $ 60,790


Map of annual mean wages of hazardous materials removal workers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 300 1.03 3.28 $ 33.00 $ 68,630
New York 3,580 0.41 1.31 $ 30.49 $ 63,410
North Dakota 80 0.20 0.63 $ 29.62 $ 61,610
Minnesota 410 0.15 0.47 $ 29.37 $ 61,090
Washington 1,800 0.56 1.78 $ 29.23 $ 60,790



Map of employment of hazardous materials removal workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,060 0.35 1.12 $ 32.36 $ 67,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,720 0.48 1.52 $ 26.67 $ 55,480
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,480 0.66 2.10 $ 28.76 $ 59,830
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,070 0.73 2.34 $ 22.12 $ 46,010
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 960 0.23 0.72 $ 25.86 $ 53,790
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 930 0.32 1.02 $ 21.12 $ 43,940
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 910 0.35 1.12 $ 25.05 $ 52,100
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 890 0.33 1.06 $ 24.69 $ 51,340
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 870 0.67 2.15 $ 18.20 $ 37,850
Kennewick-Richland, WA 820 6.97 22.19 $ 32.08 $ 66,730


Map of location quotient of hazardous materials removal workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 820 6.97 22.19 $ 32.08 $ 66,730
Sumter, SC 70 1.88 6.00 $ 12.01 $ 24,980
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 70 1.50 4.77 $ 18.92 $ 39,350
Amarillo, TX 130 1.09 3.46 $ 35.23 $ 73,270
Anchorage, AK 150 0.93 2.95 $ 33.13 $ 68,910
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 110 0.92 2.93 $ 17.95 $ 37,330
Urban Honolulu, HI 360 0.92 2.92 $ 20.72 $ 43,100
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.85 2.72 $ 18.76 $ 39,020
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 100 0.84 2.66 $ 18.79 $ 39,070
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 40 0.76 2.42 $ 18.23 $ 37,910


Map of annual mean wages of hazardous materials removal workers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 40 0.40 1.28 $ 36.60 $ 76,120
Amarillo, TX 130 1.09 3.46 $ 35.23 $ 73,270
Knoxville, TN 180 0.46 1.47 $ 33.65 $ 70,000
Anchorage, AK 150 0.93 2.95 $ 33.13 $ 68,910
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,060 0.35 1.12 $ 32.36 $ 67,300
Kennewick-Richland, WA 820 6.97 22.19 $ 32.08 $ 66,730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 200 0.19 0.59 $ 31.90 $ 66,340
Salinas, CA 40 0.24 0.76 $ 30.45 $ 63,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 320 0.17 0.55 $ 30.02 $ 62,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,480 0.66 2.10 $ 28.76 $ 59,830

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 170 2.24 7.14 $ 25.00 $ 51,990
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.34 4.27 $ 32.27 $ 67,130
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 110 0.34 1.09 $ 27.07 $ 56,310
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 1.91 $ 16.98 $ 35,330
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.40 1.26 $ 20.20 $ 42,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 170 2.24 7.14 $ 25.00 $ 51,990
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.34 4.27 $ 32.27 $ 67,130
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 1.91 $ 16.98 $ 35,330
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 1.51 (8) (8)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 1.41 $ 20.73 $ 43,110

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Hazardous Materials Removal Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.78 $ 32.80 $ 68,230
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 130 1.34 4.27 $ 32.27 $ 67,130
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 31.87 $ 66,280
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.19 $ 31.10 $ 64,680
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 110 0.34 1.09 $ 27.07 $ 56,310


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022